Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Upcycled candle container: Make up brush holder



A few weeks ago I finished my M&J English summer candle and I decided to up-cycle it into a make up brush holder. I am a bit of a candle fanatic and I will admit that previously I have just put the containers in the recycling bin, whilst speaking to Jennifer one of the founders of M&J London about their candles she encouraged me to up-cycle the glass tumbler and this is the result!

It is the perfect size for makeup brushes, mascaras and eye pencils. This glass tumbler is very chic and looks better than any of the other storage solutions I have used previously. Candles can be a fairly expensive luxury so doing this means you have something left over when you have burnt all of the candle wax away. Here are the steps that I used to upcycle my candle holder:


  • Burn the candle until there is no wax left and then blow out the wick, the glass container does get quite hot as the candle nears the end so be careful not to handle it until it is cool.
  • When the glass container is cool enough to handle you can remove the wick and put it in the bin, I just used a knife to pop it out, as the wax will still be soft this should be easy.
  • This candle is made from soya wax which is water soluble so I just placed it under the hot tap to rinse. To get your container extra clean I recommend using a small amount of castile soap and then rinsing well.
  • The M&J candles come with stickers which you can either remove or leave on, I chose to remove them for the make up holder, they peel off easily and no residue was left.
  • And finally fill your holder with the items of your choice.
Really simple way to reuse something that would otherwise get thrown away and I am really pleased with the results! For those of you that don't want to use it as a make up brush holder this could be used as a glass or to hold toothbrushes or pens the possibilities are endless.

Ana x
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  1. This is such a good idea! I have so many candles that I end up just throwing away the tumblrs, I never thought of doing this before :) Thanks for sharing :) x

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    1. I used to throw them away too but the bigger ones are great for reusing, glad you enjoyed the post and I would love to hear how you get on if you try it! :) x

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  2. That's a really good idea :) Will have to try it.,

    Nyss x

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    1. It was really easy to do, would love to see the finished result if you do! :)x

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  3. I actually have my toothbrushes and toothpaste tube in a glass like that :-)

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  4. I adore ideas like this one which involve a little crafty project :P
    Thanks for the tips Ana!

    Ila x

    http://cleanserblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Definitely going to do this with my next empty Neom candle! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. It should work well with Neom too, they are a good size so you could fit a lot in. x

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  6. I've previously done this with a couple of my empty candle holders - one is a make up brush holder like yours and the other I use on my desk to pop my pens/pencils in! It is a great way to recycle them x

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    1. I agree, If I can avoid throwing things away then I will :) x

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  7. I use empty candle jars exactly the same way: for brushes, cotton buds, cotton rounds etc. Wonderful post as always, Ana!

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    1. Thanks Maris, there are so many things they can be used for, those are some great ideas too! x

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  8. This is a great idea! I have too many brushes though I would need a giant candle haha! I am currently using a square glass holder similar to that one that I got from Hobby Craft and I have put tiny little beads in the bottom to keep the brushes standing upright! xx

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  9. I do the exact same thing with my used up candles! They're also good for cotton pads/eyeliners/lipliners!

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